Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation, Paris Agreement

The honeymoon is over

This article is written by Laura Florez Urazan.

The Paris Agreement was a political success, a diplomatic milestone, and what we all thought would be the first step of a different global trajectory. It was a promising wedding among countries with different -and sometimes opposing- priorities and views.

But Marrakech and Bonn have shown that the honeymoon period is over. Parties set aside important contradictions in the negotiations to tie the knot, and now they are all bubbling back to the surface and exposing structural flaws in the implementation process. For example, there is no consensus on whether identifying new features or elaborating on existing ones represents renegotiation or not, and that is just the beginning. That is why the negotiations are moving at such a slow and uneven pace: certain items in the agenda are just too divergent.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation, Paris Agreement

Why negotiations are stalling on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement at COP23 (Part 2)

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This article is written by Rémy Ruat.

Halfway into the twenty-third Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, negotiations on the “Article 6 rulebook” of the Paris Agreement are stalling. The first draft prepared by the chairs was welcomed with protests from several parties. In spite of numerous exchanges ahead of COP23, it is still unclear what the possible outcome could look like. We covered in the first part of this article the stakes of these negotiations regarding transparency, collective ambition and the role of non-state actors. We will try now to decrypt where the conflict lies and the potential leads suggested by parties and experts.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation, Paris Agreement

3 reasons to get interested in the fate of Article 6 of the #ParisAgreement at #COP23 (Part 1)

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This article is written by Rémy Ruat.

The twenty-third Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which takes place currently in Bonn under a Fijian presidency, is a highly technical one. One might think the political stakes behind these discussions are low. One would be wrong : a crucial question needs to be answered by Parties : how can they raise collective ambition in the implementation of the Paris Agreement?

Entrance to the « Bonn Zone » of COP23, where side-events are held

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

What to expect at COP23

This article is written by Sofia Kabbej. 

Over the next two weeks, world leaders will convene in Bonn, Germany for COP 23. Their task: elaborate the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement to ensure that the world community meets its ambitious objectives.This year, and for the first time, it is a Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Fiji that is presiding the annual meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Oceans

All eyes on oceans and small island developing states at COP23

This article is written by Birte Kurbjeweit.

It is neither a coincidence nor a simple case of “next in line” that Fiji will be presiding over COP23, which will take place on 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Fiji’s presidency is a strong call for action against climate change as Fiji and other small island developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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Carbon Footprint, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation

Get your mitigation straight, Germany – Fossil fuel phase-out demanded soon

This article is written by Mona Hosseini.

The 23rd Conference of the Parties will be hosted by Fiji in the headquarter of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. A country which is marked by contrasts: a renewable energy success story on the one hand and a coal-burning record on the other. Actually the conference venue is not far situated from the coal mining area in the Rhineland [1] which is Europe´s largest carbon dioxide emitter [2]. Nevertheless, Germany has traditionally, and according to a recent study of the EU Climate Leader Board, a good reputation as a climate leader. This does not reflect the complete reality of Germany and its coal tradition [3]:1 Lire la suite « Get your mitigation straight, Germany – Fossil fuel phase-out demanded soon »

Adaptation, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

Technical talks on Adaptation ahead of COP23

This article is written by Viktor Jósa.

12th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC) – 19-22 September 2017 – Bonn

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The Adaptation Committee (AC) – is a technical UNFCCC body, which was launched at COP16 in Cancun in 2010 and serves as one of the key bodies in carrying forward the political momentum of Paris. In September 2017 in Bonn the Adaptation Committee members convened for the last time before COP23 to discuss priorities for work in the upcoming months. The Adaptation Committee will have to satisfy two general expectations.

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